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Elsa's Footsteps - Larsens

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This flying safari combines the beautiful bush country of northern Kenya with the open rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara plains. Visit areas made famous in Joy Adamson’s Born Free series following in the footsteps of the lioness Elsa. The hand-picked accommodation is full of character and charm from Elsa's Kopje Camp to Larsens Camp, set on the Uaso Nyiro River Samburu. Finally, fly to the stunning Masai Mara and stay at Cottars 1920s Camp which recalls the romance and adventure of the 1920s. Elsa’s Footsteps is a unique journey through wild Africa, a fantastic Kenyan holiday.

Elsa’s Footsteps Highlights

  • Meru National Park
  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Cottars 1920's Camp

Day 1 - Fly to Nairobi

Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi.

Day 2 - Nairobi

On arrival transfer to Macushla House for a day at leisure or choose from a selection of optional excursions (book and pay locally).

  • Overnight at Macushla House

Day 3 - Meru

Take an early morning light aircraft flight to Meru National Park (approximately 1 hour) and transfer to Elsa's Kopje. Hidden away amongst the rocky crags, the camp is built very near to the site of George Adamson's original campsite. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive. (b,l,d)

  • Overnight at Elsa's Kopje

Day 4 & 5 - Meru

Early morning and late afternoon game drives. (b,l,d)

  • Overnight at Elsa's Kopje

Day 6 - Samburu

Depart after breakfast by light aircraft to Samburu National Reserve (approximately 40 minutes) and transfer to Larsens Camp. Larsens Camp is a luxurious tented camp, set on a the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River. After lunch, enjoy a late afternoon game drive and return to your camp. (b,l,d)

  • Overnight Larsen’s Camp or Saruni Samburu

Day 7 - Samburu

Early morning and late afternoon game drives in The park is home to a host of animals including several species which are rarely seen in numbers elsewhere including Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffes and long-necked gerenuks. The Uaso Nyiro River which traverses the park is populated by hippos and crocodiles.(b,l,d)

  • Overnight Larsen’s Camp or Saruni Samburu

Day 8 - Masai Mara

Fly by light aircraft to the Masai Mara Game Reserve (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes) and transfer to Cottars 1920's. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive through one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. See vast grasslands scattered with herds of zebra, giraffe, gazelle, and wildebeest, you might even spot large predators hiding in the tall grass. (b,l,d)

  • Overnight at Cottars 1920's Camp

Day 9 - Masai Mara

Take an early morning balloon safari* over the Mara followed by a 'bubbly' bush breakfast (optional extra) or a game drive followed by breakfast at the camp. Rest of the morning at leisure. After lunch enjoy a late afternoon game drive. (b,l,d)

  • Overnight at Cottars 1920's Camp

Day 10 - Masai Mara

Take early morning and late afternoon game drives in this spectacular wilderness area. (b,l,d)

  • Overnight at Cottars 1920's Camp

Day 11 - Kenya Holiday Extension or Fly Home

Fly by light aircraft to Nairobi (approximately 1 hour). Proceed with your chosen Kenya holiday extension or return to Heathrow (b)

Option to fly from the Masai Mara to Mombasa on day 11 (includes lunch) - prices on request.

On days 6 and 7 you may wish to stay at Joy's Camp in Shaba National Park, details of which are available on this website.

This safari is offered on a daily basis so no allocation is held and all services are subject to availability. If any element is not available, we will suggest the best available alternative. Distances and durations are approximate. Safari routings and/or lodges may vary for operational reasons.
*The Masai Mara balloon flight is an additional optional excursion.

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